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Ireland (Presidential)
COUNTRY ELECTION TYPE DATE
Ireland Presidential October 30, 1997
At stake in this election:
  • The office of the president of Ireland
Description of government structure:
  • Ireland has been an independent state since 1921
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Bertie AHERN
Results of the election for president:
  • Presidential Candidate: Mary MCALEESE
    Party: Fianna Fail
    First Count Votes Received: 574,424
    First Count Percent of Valid Votes Received: 45.24%
    Second Count Votes Received: 706,259
    Second Count Percent of Valid Votes Received: 58.7%

  • Presidential Candidate: Mary BANOTTI
    Party: Fine Gael
    First Count Votes Received: 372,002
    First Count Percent of Valid Votes Received: 29.30%
    Second Count Votes Received: 497,516
    Second Count Percent of Valid Votes Received: 41.3%

  • Presidential Candidate: (Dana) Rosemary SCALLON
    Party: Independent Candidate ( SCALLON was nominated by municipal councilors in four regions)
    First Count Votes Received: 175,458
    First Count Percent of Valid Votes Received: 13.82%
    Eliminated after First Count

  • Presidential Candidate: Adi ROCHE
    Party: Labour Party
    First Count Votes Received: 88,423
    First Count Percent of Valid Votes Received: 6.96%
    Eliminated after First Count

  • Presidential Candidate: Derek NALLY
    Party: Independent Candidate (NALLY is the leader of Victim Support)
    First Count Votes Received: 59,529
    First Count Percent of Valid Votes Received: 4.69%
    Eliminated after First Count
When was the last presidential election?
  • Mary ROBINSON was elected president on November 9, 1990, and inaugurated for a seven-year term on December 3, 1990.
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 3,601,000 (1996 estimate)
  • Number of registered voters: 2,741,262
Of Interest:
  • In parliamentary elections held on June 6, 1997, Bertie AHERN's Fianna Fail-Progressive Democrat coalition upset the governing Rainbow coalition led by Prime Minister John BRUTON.
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTION SYSTEMS (IFES)
For additional information: IFES ElectionGuide Online









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